I recently posted on what I thought was going to be a three part series about A Marine “waiting around for chow” at The Democratic Daily. Well things have changed a bit since that time. It is time to go straight to trying to get him home. By the time I do the rest of the post in the series, action could have been taken. Forget all the writing on the past post, it’s time to bring this Marine home. This Marine was wounded in combat, in August 2005, in Afghanistan. He has been waiting in limbo since, to come home. And when the time finally gets close for him to get home, he gets some of the same nonsense that we have heard so much of as of late. He is being delayed this time, because of the equipment that was not taken in with him, when he was fighting for his life. Fighting for his life, from two gunshot wounds while in combat. This is an outrage, and cannot go unanswered. Our soldiers and veterans shall not be treated in this manner, and it is time for all that have ever worn a uniform, to step up and make your voice heard about this insult to us. This is a slap in the face of anyone that has ever served in the military.
Here’s how you can help: Cut and paste this letter into an email (or write your own if you’d like) and send it to everyone. He isn’t home yet. I won’t stop until he is.
Here is a copy of the letter:
A marine wounded in the War on Terror needs your help. Three months after deployment to Afghanistan, Lance Corporal Mathew Wilson from Fox 2/3 was out on a mission with his unit. Insurgents surrounded them, and a firefight broke out. During the exchange, he was shot first in the front of his lower left leg, just missing the shinbone. The bullet exited through his calf. A second bullet entered his left buttock and out through his thigh. He lost a lot of blood and nearly died while waiting 3 hours for the helicopter transport. The good news is he is alive.
After hospitalization, Matt was sent home to Cedar Rapids, Iowa for sixty days of convalescent leave. On November 11 he was ordered to return in a wheelchair, to his base in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Due to the severe damage to his sciatic nerve, it was clear to all that a medical discharge was in order.
Since November there have been many unnecessary delays. I won’t go into every detail; I will just explain how he needs your help now.
Although Mathew has received and signed his Medical Discharge papers, he is still in Hawaii. Mathew needs one more signature to come home. When he was injured, his government issued gear was lost. He cannot complete the check out process until his CO, Captain Davis, signs a “Missing Gear Statement” which would officially affirm that the equipment was lost due to his wounds and was not medivaced out with him, thus he can’t be held liable for it. Although Mathew followed the chain of command to ensure that these papers were delivered to Captain Davis, they were not signed before the captain’s departure to California. Captain Davis will be in California for further training for one month. With this signature, Mathew would be able to come home as soon as he completes his separation class (on June 22). Mathew cannot wait another month to return home – he has already waited seven months.
I urge you to use your influence to help Mathew come home to his family.
your phone number
Now this is not the only story like this, there have been more soldiers, subjected to this kind of shameful behavior. Stop this now, and start raising your voice. Cross Posted at The Katrinacrat Blog